For the fourth year in a row, Indiana University of Pennsylvania faculty and students, working with a number of community agencies, will present Hunger Awareness Week events and the Seedling Project, April 24 to 28, 2017.
Hunger Awareness Week events are co-sponsored by sociology professor Melissa Swauger’s Sociology of Family students; the IUP Food and Nutrition and Anthropology departments; the Indiana Community Garden; Indiana County Community Action Program, Inc.;
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank; Zion Lutheran Church; and Chevy Chase Community Center.
Hunger Awareness Week and the Seedling Project offer students opportunities to learn about real-life community issues, and to connect what they learn in the classroom to real people and correct their misconceptions, Swauger said. “Students feel invested
in making these projects successful because they are informed and knowledgeable, theoretically and practically, about the needs of the community.
“These events will touch hundreds of students and local community members,” she said.
The Seedling Project will provide approximately 150 families in Indiana County access to fresh fruit, vegetable, and herb seeds and seedlings. Students work with community partners and food pantries to assess patron interest and solicit donations from
greenhouses, local and national seed companies, local Indiana farms, local landscaping companies, and national chain lawn and garden centers. Students coordinate delivery and distribution based on the viability of seedlings and weather conditions.
Distributions will occur May 8 at Zion Lutheran Church and May 9 at Chevy Chase Community Center for pre-registered patrons from Zion, Chevy Chase, Church of the Brethren, Unity Family Services, and Trinity Methodist.
Monetary donations to the project are welcome. Checks should be made payable to the Foundation for IUP with “The Seedling Project” in the memo line. Checks should be sent to the Foundation for IUP, Sutton Hall Room G1, 1011 South Drive, Indiana, PA 15705.
In addition, women’s gardening hats have been donated by Lowe’s of Indiana. They are being sold to raise funds for the project from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in 102 McElhaney (while they last).
Other events for the week include: